Two sisters have become the only women regularly writing a male-led solo comic for Marvel or DC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DC Entertainment announced during WonderCon in Anaheim that Julie and Shawna Benson are leading the new creative team for the monthly Green Arrow series that debuts in May.
The two writers are taking over the book beginning with Green Arrow Annual No. 2. Following that release, they will pick up the regular monthly series beginning with August’s Green Arrow No. 43. The sisters previously wrote for The CW’s The 100 and the recent Batgirl & the Birds of Prey comic. Their new roles make them the only women with regular writing gigs for a male-led solo title of either DC or Marvel. The latter still has zero male-led titles being written by women.
“As we mourn the loss of our beloved Birds, hope in the form of an arrow has struck us through the heart with the opportunity to take on Oliver Queen,” Julie and Shawna Benson said in a statement. “Ollie's made a few appearances alongside the Birds since we began writing at DC with Rebirth, and we can't wait to continue making our mark on the 77-year old marksman this summer. And we won't be leaving our ladies behind! Black Canary, aka Ollie's ‘Pretty Bird,’ will continue to star in Green Arrow.”
The Bensons' Green Arrow Annual will debut on May 30, and will be illustrated by Carmen Carnero, with a cover by David Lopez.